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Windows 7: Boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt

02 Nov 2012   #1
m1ndf33d

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt

Hi! I'll go straight to the point. My OS is Windows 7 x64. I have a 500GB Seagate HDD. I have 4GB of Kingston RAM (DDR3), and MOBO is Asus (not sure about the brand since I am not at home now).

I was using Win2Flash when my desktop suddenly froze. Even the task manager would not appear. I had no choice but to reset it. When it was back on, it would not boot to Windows anymore. All I'm getting is "Reboot and select proper boot device". I have tried to do a repair using the DVD that was used to install onto my desktop. Tried doing startup repair (by following this: Startup Repair) three times with a reboot on each interval. All I'm getting is the same message that says:

"SystemDisk = \Device\Harddisk0
Windows Directory =
Number of root causes = 1

Tests Performed
Name: Check for updates
Result: Completed Successfully
Error Code: 0x0

Tests Performed
Name: System Disk Test
Result:Completed Successfully
Error Code: 0x0

Tests Performed
Nameisk failure Diagnosis
Result:Completed Successfully
Error Code: 0x0

Tests Performed
Nameisk Metadata Test
Result:Completed Successfully
Error Code: 0x0

Root Case Found: Boot sector for system disk partition is corrupt.
Repair Action: Boot sector repair
Result: Failed
Error Code: 0x490".

Thought I'd try what was instructed here: Repair Install starting from Step# 8. I ran an error after following Step# 11 ("The computer started using the Windows installation disc. Remove the installation disc and restart your computer so that Windows starts normally. Then, insert the installation disc and restart the upgrade...."). I then decided to choose "Custom (advanced)" since I knew I have saved my files onto a separate partition. (I had two: drive C and D). I was surprised to see what the next screen showed me It only shows "Disk 0 Partition 1". My 'backup' drive was gone will ALL my files in it!

I would really, really, really appreciate it if you could help me get my files back. By the way, I have already tried to make my HDD a slave to another desktop to see if I could at least get my files that way, but it is only showing me 1 partition as well. When I try to open it, it only tells me that I need to format the drive before using it. I would like to do a fresh install, but only and ONLY if I could be guaranteed 100% that I would be able to get ALL my files back using any recovery software


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02 Nov 2012   #2
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Many folks use RECUVA to retrieve files. It is reported to be able to compile your data from drives with a missing/corrupted file system.
You would need to run this on another PC, of course, and it takes quite a while.
There are other programs, some free, some paid, that can do the job also.

On the problem PC, does it boot? Can you get into the BIOS settings?
Is the problem hard drive a SATA drive or a PATA (IDE) drive?
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02 Nov 2012   #3
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

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02 Nov 2012   #4
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Goto recovery environment and select "command prompt" instead of "startup repair".

Code:
diskpart
list vol
exit
How many volumes do you see? (skip the DVD drive letters! Assune you see C, D and E

Code:
diskpart
sel vol c
det part
sel vol d
det part
sel vol e
det part
exit
Which partition is marked active? Give me it's volume letter
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02 Nov 2012   #5
Kaktussoft

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Has the 1 partition you have all the space on physical disk? Or is the other partition just lost, so it became "unallocated"?
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02 Nov 2012   #6
m1ndf33d

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm sorry guys for the late reply. I was still trying to save what could be saved out of my HD but to no avail.

@TVeblen: I've already tried Active File Recovery, R-Studio, Undelete360, on my brother's desktop with my problem HDD attached to it, of course. They do recognize the files, but they all seem to show the files in an "unrecoverable" way (files are blank or empty after "recovering" them). On the problem PC, I could get to the BIOS settings and it does recognize my HD there. It loops back to the black screen with an error of "reboot and select proper boot device". The weird thing is, after doing the Startup Repair using my Win7 DVD, the first screen is all messed up, showing ASCII characters and not the "reboot and select proper boot device" anymore. I apologize I wasn't able to mention that it is a SATA drive. Also, after checking, found out that my MOBO is actually GIGABYTE H61M-DS2 and not Asus. Also, I have Radeon HD5570 for VC, and Intel i3 for procie.

@kado897: Haven't tried that yet. I am doing it one-step-at-a-time starting from the simplest solutions/process first. I will definitely consider that if all else fails.

@Kaktussoft: I'm seeing only one partition, Active - drive C Raw, Healthy, 465GB . The one partition that I am seeing before attempting to do a fresh install shows the entirety of the HD's space (469GB, if I'm not mistaken).

Attempted to do a "copy paste method" as well while doing the steps here Startup Repair when it was looking for drivers, but it is only showing me partition C (which has 400+GB) and partition X (which has only about 30+MB--note MB). I hope I have provided all the info necessary. I would really want to have my files recovered. It includes backups of my games and mostly PSD files which are files of my wife

I really thank you in advance for helping me out here. I would really, really love you guys so much for any help that you could provide so I'd get my files back.
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02 Nov 2012   #7
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So C is type RAW and contains yout whole physicla disk... correct?
Did you alreaydo do #3 ?
you can recover partitions with it!
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02 Nov 2012   #8
m1ndf33d

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
So C is type RAW and contains yout whole physicla disk... correct?
Did you alreaydo do #3 ?
you can recover partitions with it!
Are you referring to post#3 by kado897? If so, not yet. I won't be able to go back to my brother's house yet till probably 5-6 hrs from now I'd need to attach my HD to his desktop again. Right now, I'm just using my tablet to view this thread and post here. Sorry about that.
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02 Nov 2012   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Looks like kado advice is sound.

You will need to try partition recovery.

If it works - all will be fine.

If not, you will need software specially designed for raw recovery.
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02 Nov 2012   #10
gregrocker

 

In addition to PW Partition Recovery Wizard, a failed partition which cannot be repaired can sometimes have its table restored using DiskGenius shareware from Hiren's Boot CD.
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